The Maitreyayana Newsletter – Vol 3, No. 6 – June 2017
I passed my 70th birthday last month, and I finally feel like I’ve started to connect with some of the people that I’ll be working with as a cultural elder. I’ve moved to a larger and more vital music group, with a bigger sound that has literally increased my basal metabolism so that I no longer have to worry so much about keeping my weight down. Christmas: Waikiki; next summer, the whole archipelago; the summer after that, Moku Honu (American mainland) tour; one year later, the whole planet.
Practice Update: Sudoku, Anger Management & the Tai Xuan Jing
It turns out that that Japanese puzzle game Sudoku is good for anger management; it’s like isometrics for the perceptual circuitry in the brain; it stretches your perceptual field through both space and time, and helps you understand that what you’re angry about really sources back to yourself. This is particularly true for seniors; I’m convinced that the “personality changes” that occur in aging, and in particular the unforseen outbreaks of rage that we see in this cohort, are the result of degeneration of the perceptual circuitry in the brain due to fixed patterns that simply wear out the neurons and synapses that are most used, and guess what? Those that are most used are precisely those that we most depend on for the interpretation of meaning, as well as for ordinary functionality such as keeping track of trance anchors (keys, billfolds, IDs, anything that really screws you up if you lose it).
To make a long story short, when I first tried a Sudoku puzzle several months ago, it was like finding out that I couldn’t do a single pushup several years ago, and I freaked out and started obsessing this game, and found out that it worked; the coping mechanisms (with respect to perception) that these infuriating puzzles force you to learn, do generalize to your general perception of your environment, including the behavior of the people in it.
Sudoku has been criticized for being obsessive, and that’s like criticizing pushups for being obsessive. I’m sorry, you’re not going to change the way your brain functions without obsessing that change.
The Sudoku grid is the same as the grid for the Tai Xuan Jing, and I’m convinced that this is part of the preliminary practice in the lost Protocols of the Great Mother. Before recorded history, this was taught to little girls who in their maturity were able to produce perfect human bodies by meditating in groups on a matrix, in a process that did not involve sex. In real time, we’re going to begin bringing back this ancient process, but it will take some ten generations to get there. Right now, anger management is where we are with it as a whole planet, but even that will make the difference between life and death for many of those who, like me, have this karmic connection.
I’m making my proposed pilgrimage to India this fall conditional on whether I can reach critical mass in the the Gold “hard” level of this game by then (my current baseline is Silver). I do obsess this for several hours each day; this is what has replaced Maitreya Yoga as the element of practice that eats most time.
The main Indian community of Avatar Meher Baba is being haunted by a known sexual predator and terrorist. It would be suicide for me to go there unless that individual is finally removed from power, and unless I have corrected “cognitive deficits due to age” 100%, otherwise I’ll just be played like a fiddle by that person’s thug-tools. Putting a Bodhisattva in danger is a serious Precept violation, even when the Bodhisattva in question happens to be yourself.
Maitreya Meher Namo Namo,